For prices and up to date lists of availability, please check on the availability page. Normally we let the cottage from Saturday to Saturday. If you would like to book, then please either:
Send an email to us confirming the dates you are booking. We will provide you with bank account details and
you should then transfer your deposit of £50 per week (we used to publish the details on the site but were subject to attempted fraud);or
Please write to Murray and Marie Lambden at Milton House, Brunswick Road, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM2 3LF enclosing a cheque for £50 per week payable to MM & EM Lambden.
Sorry, we do not have the facilities to accept payment by debit or credit card (but we don't have any hidden charges either!). The balance of your payment is due not less than one month before your holiday.
If you place your booking by post, it is also advisable to email or phone us (01624 675536) to let us know you have posted a booking in case anyone else should enquire.
Please include a telephone number and email address in your correspondence. If you know your arrival and departure times when you book, please let us know otherwise please confirm when known. We prefer to communicate by email wherever possible but please telephone if you have any questions you would prefer to talk about. We will confirm your booking of your holiday accommodation as soon as your deposit has arrived.
Non standard bookings
We normally let our properties from Saturday to Saturday. If you wish to book for a shorter period then it will be necessary to pay the full price for the week. We cannot provide for mid week bookings during the Summer months. During the off peak periods we may be able to provide a little more flexibility particularly if we have short term availability.
Long lets during the winter
During the off peak months we are always interested to hear from anyone wishing to let our properties for several months at a time whether you are renting a property prior to buying one, on a short term contract or working within the film industry. Our prices will be discounted according to the length of your stay.
Your deposit is non refundable because from the moment we accept your booking there is a risk that we have turned down business that may not be available to us should you cancel. We also incur a certain amount of work for every booking regardless of whether you cancel. We strongly recommend that you purchase an insurance policy to cover the possibility that you may have to cancel your holiday in the Isle of
If you do cancel then we still rely on a certain amount of goodwill from you and we should be grateful if you would let us know as soon as you find it necessary to cancel. A few years ago, however, we increased the time before your holiday when the final payment must be made from two weeks to four to reduce the
risk to us of not being able to re-let the property of suffering a loss should we have to discount the rate.
Arrival & departure
We prepare the cottage personally each week although this takes time to do thoroughly. Usually we ask our guests to vacate at 10 am and we are ready for new arrivals by 4 pm (a little earlier in the apartment). We
will, however, always do everything possible to fit in with your
arrival and departure times. For example if our guests leave early to catch the ferry, we’ll normally start cleaning early and maybe able to allow you to have access to the property early in the afternoon. If you arrive on the Isle of Man before we are ready, you are welcome to drop off your bags and collect the keys from us.
Linen & towels
We provide sheets, duvets and towels for guests in both holiday properties. The only exception is if you use the cot in the cottage - you should bring your own linen for this.
Number of guests
Milton Apartment is suitable for one or two people. We no longer accommodate babies or children in the apartment. Oakhill Cottage will accommodate up to four people and a baby. We can provide a cot, high chair and stair gate.
We have a strict no smoking policy at both of our self catering holiday properties.
We do not accommodate pets at either of our holiday properties.
No facilities for disabled
Milton Apartment is on the ground floor but has six steps to the front door and a total of three at the back door. Oakhill Cottage has fairly steep stairs without a handrail and is therefore, unfortunately, not suitable for disabled or infirm guests.
Heating & electricity
No additional charges are levied for heating and electricity.
We do not take a deposit for breakages but we do reserve the right to recoup any losses incurred for damage of any kind including, but not limited to, damage to furniture, equipment and carpets.
Shops, pubs & restaurants
Milton Apartment is particularly well served with a pub, general store, a hairdresser and postbox all with 100 metres. Within a quarter of a mile there is a terrace of shops (Prospect Terrace) and within a half mile radius there are two chip shops, an Indiam and six Chinese takeaways! Prospect Terrace includes a Co-Op store open until 10 pm, a fruit and vegetable store, a wine store and, just around the corner,
another convenience store open from 7.30 am until 10.30 pm.
There are an abundance of restaurants and pubs on Douglas quay two miles away from Oakhill Cottage and the town centre is a further 400 yards away. A Tesco superstore is just four minutes away by car (close to
the harbour) and is the usually one of the first ports of call for our guests. Many visitors use Tesco to order online and arrange for deliveries to the cottage.
Besides Tesco, there is a large Marks & Spencer store in Douglas, the Island is served by Shoprite, a local supermarket with around a dozen stores, the Co-Op (who run one of the two supermarkets in Ramsey) and a good number of independent grocers.
Most of the high street retail chains are based in Strand Street in Douglas. Tynwald Mills is the favoured shopping location outside of the towns. Throughout the Isle of Man there are many pubs and restaurants of varying prices most of which are of a good standard and offer good value.
Milton Apartment is well served by public transport and a holiday without a car is easily possible. Several bus routes pass within a 100 metres of the apartment.
Oakhill Cottage is not well served by public transport. There are just two buses to Douglas each afternoon (Monday to Friday only) and a morning service on schooldays only. Unless
are keen on cycling or walking or prepared to pay for regular taxis, the cottage is not recommended unless you bring a car or hire a car on the Island.
Taxi fares are approximately £18-£20 from the airport; £4-£6 from the sea terminal. Taxis from the airport can be pre-booked for a fixed cost for £18 from Taxicabs - 01624 622222.
It is advisable to check the costs of roaming with UK (or foreign mobile phones) before visiting the Isle of Man. Many visitors buy an Isle of Man pay as you go SIM card from Manx Telecom or Sure.
Although the Isle of Man has retained its reciprocal health care agreement with the United Kingdom, you are advised to purchase travel insurance to ensure that you are covered for extreme requirements such as air ambulances.
I hope that you find everything you need on this website to persuade you to visit us in the Isle of Man and to help you prepare when you have booked. We are not very often around during the daytime to answer your calls so, if you have any questions, please email us or leave a message on our answerphone.
Marie works in the Manx parliament (Tynwald) as the Third Clerk while I am based in Ballasalla working for a corporate service provider. We are both members of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. Marie (nee Watson) has 100% Manx blood but although my mother, like both Marie's parents, was from a farming background, my father first came to the Isle of Man with the army during
the war and returned in 1965 as general manager of the Isle of Man Railway Company & Isle of Man Road Services. He was born in St Mary Bourne in Hampshire and I was born less than a runway's distance from the Fearnborough Air Show. With grandparents born as Quirk, Crowe, Quine & Taubman between us there is a fair amount of Manx!
I take prime responsibility for Oakhill Cottage whilst Marie organises Milton Apartment but our roles overlap and it's usually me who replies to emails. That's partly because I spend so much time at my computer publishing a number of websites including .manxathletics.comparishwalk.com and isleofman.in where you will find my photo collection. All the photos on this site were taken by me
with the exception of the train passing Oakhill which was by Canadian guest Joanne Irwin in 2006.
If you spot any inaccuracies or broken links on the website, please let me know. This is the third version
of our website. First published in 2000, it was re-designed in 2006. One of the changes in style this time is not to use a different colour for hyperlinks (links to other websites or other parts of this site) but there are literally hundreds on the site so just double click on the relevant words that interest you. I decided against a blog for this site as I already write two attached to other sites and I'm afraid that I don't communicate on Facebook.